Degradation examines environmental change in some of the most at risk areas of our world including the arctic, rainforests, wetlands, and glaciers. Each of these ecosystems have been affected differently over recent decades by extreme weather caused by our warming planet. With each image there is a story of loss, fragility and impending doom. The prints in this series are platinum palladium prints.
Honey Island Swamp is a marshland that is considered one of the most pristine swamplands left in the USA. During Hurricane Katrina high salt waters flooded the area and killed most vegetation and animals, stripped and toppled many of the trees devastating the area. Slowly it is recovering but the long term effects and the likelihood of this happening again remains unknown.
Coastal rainforests are one of the more buffered ecosystems in regards to environmental change; and yet they have been devastated by logging and human involvement. With shifting global temperatures we are starting to see even these areas changing as shown by increased glacier run off causing sedimentation in the water supply, invasive species moving in and devastating forests which in turn has led to an increase in forest fires with the warmer and drier summers. I have examined rainforests in British Columbia, USA, and Chile.
The escalating retreat of glaciers has been well documented over the past 150 years and the most significant losses have happened since 1980. Many of the glaciers are now 1/3 the size they were in 1850. The loss of the glaciers will limit our supply of fresh water and destroy the ecosystems that depend on them. The glaciers represented are some of the most at risk in Alaska, Chile, British Columbia, and Iceland.
Finally the most impacted area from global warming is the arctic. The arctic warms at twice the rate of the rest of the world which has been leading to widespread glacier and habitat loss for the species that reside there. Greenland in particular has been affected with large losses of the ice sheet and rapid melting devastating their glaciers.